Minnesota Arts Council
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has a new website www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org please see that website for current information.
We will leave some information on this website as we transition for your convenience.
You have the following options to request an application if you do not find what you need on-line.
If you are awarded an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, you must use the logo in all the printed materials created by your organization related to the project and proposal.
If your Arts activity is a performance event please do a curtain speech related to receiving funding. An example of a curtain speech is at the end of this page in red letters.
We also encourage writing letters to the editor to state how appreciative you are for funding or to write your state representatives. If you do a newsletter, we also have an example of what you can put within the newsletter to remind people about your funding. We want to make this easy!
Northwest Minnesota Artist of the Year and Arts Advocate of the Year form and information. $500.00 and an award and public recognition at the artist reception.
ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS (gray application)
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grants: Supported by funds from the state legislature, locally produced projects and events - as well as sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists in the schools - are supported through the Councilís grants program. These grants are a maximum of $10,000.00. Deadlines: 1st of August, September, November, February and May. Starting in January 2011 this category will have monthly deadlines on the 1st until funds are depleted. Please use the same form as below. Please go to our new website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants/ for current information.
ARTS PROJECT GRANTS (yellow application)
Arts Project Grants: The name has been changed from production assistance/sponsorship grants to arts project grants. Supported by funds from the state legislature, locally produced projects and events - as well as sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists - are supported through the Councilís grants program. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00. Deadlines: 1st of August and February, November also if funds are available.
Artists in the Schools Grants: Under this program, school districts may apply for grants of up to $3,000.00 to sponsor residency activities with artists. A 10% cash match is required to be eligible. Each school district can receive up to $3,000.00 of grant funds each fiscal year. Due to the popularity of this category 75% of the funds will be distributed in August and 25% in February. Deadlines: 1st of August and February, November also if funds are available.
ARTIST FELLOWSHIP (blue application)
NWRDC/McKnight Northwest Minnesota Artist Fellowship Grants: Assistance for adult individual artists, living in our seven county region, to enhance their careers. These grants are for $1,500.00 each with two applications receiving a $4,000.00 fellowship award. Deadline: 15th of October.
STUDENT ARTIST TRAINING MENTOR (purple application)
NWRDC/McKnight Student Artist Training Grants: Assistance is available to students for a mentorship and/or to attend a training workshop that is not related to credit. Students must be in high school and a resident of our seven county region. These grants are for $500.00. Deadline: October 15th There will be an extra deadline on March 15, 2011.
Curtain Speech Example: please use when receiving funding
Thank you all for coming tonight. We'd like to take a minute to acknowledge the unique opportunity we have in Minnesota for supporting the arts. (Our Organization) is very thankful and proud to have received funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund came into being as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, which was overwhelmingly passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. The effects of this fund are now being seen all over the state, and this performance tonight is part of the return on the investment that Minnesotans are making in the arts.
However, establishing the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund did not, in itself, mean that artists and organizations would receive funding. It is because the State Legislature directed Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund dollars to the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Regional Arts Council system that this funding has brought access to the arts to every corner of the state.
The Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council system was established to fund arts activities in the most efficient way possible, distributed widely and equitably throughout Minnesota.
We would like to thank the Minnesota State Legislature, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, and you, the voters of Minnesota for making our work possible!
See the staff page to direct your questions to the correct person at the Northwest Regional Development Commission (NWRDC).
NWRDC 115 South Main, Suite 1 Warren, MN 56762 218-745-6733